Board of Directors

Meet some of CAPS founders, former and current board members

Ben Zuckerman, Ph.D.,
Ben Zuckerman, Ph.D., President

Professor Emeritus of Physics and Astronomy and Research Professor at UCLA, Dr. Zuckerman is an longtime environmentalist who was cited by Science in 2008 for obtaining the first-ever image of a new planetary system. He received undergraduate and graduate degrees from MIT and Harvard. His major scientific interests have been the birth and death of stars and planetary systems. He has maintained a continuing interest in life -- especially intelligent life -- in the Universe and developed a course on "Life in the Universe". He also developed a UCLA Honors course entitled "The 21st Century: Society, Environment, Ethics". He has co-edited six books  including, "Extraterrestrials, Where Are They?" Cambridge University Press 1995, "The Origin and Evolution of the Universe" Jones & Bartlett 1996, and "Human Population and the Environmental Crisis" Jones & Bartlett 1995. He is or has been a member of the Board of Directors of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and the Sierra Club  and is an Advisory Board member of the Wildlife Waystation.

Judith F. Smith
Judith F. Smith Vice-President

Judith graduated from Stanford University with a BFA in Art & Architecture and founded an interior design firm with a practice in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara.  Her extensive volunteer commitments have included being President of the Community Arts Music Association, the Stanford Alumni Club Santa Barbara County and  the Santa Barbara Museum of Art Women’s Board. She has previously held board positions in the National Charity League, the Los Positas Park Foundation, the Music Academy of the West, and is currently a board member for Opera Santa Barbara, the Cottage Hospital Rehabilitation Foundation and active in several other non-profit groups.

Kenneth Pasternack, J.D.,
Kenneth Pasternack, J.D., Treasurer

Mr. Pasternack is an investor. During the 1990s he was a technical writer of computer software manuals. During the 1970’s and 1980’s he practiced banking law in Los Angeles. Mr. Pasternack became concerned and active about overpopulation while attending college during the 1960’s, when he was also active in the anti-Vietnam War movement and volunteered in the civil rights movement in Mississippi. As a CAPS senior writing fellow he has published letters to the editor and newspaper guest columns. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Brown University in Sociology, and received his law degree from the University of Arizona.

Marilyn Brant Chandler DeYoung, M.A.
Marilyn Brant Chandler DeYoung, M.A. Executive-at-Large

With a Master's degree in Urban Planning from UCLA she has served as an executive or partner in several Southern California architect/planning firms and was President of Marilyn Brant & Associates. Her population interest began with her service on President Nixon’s Commission on Population Growth and the American Future (1970-72). She served on the board of the international Population Crisis Committee for 23 years. She founded and chaired the Population Education Committee, which merged into Population Communication, Inc. She served on the board of PCI for 8 years. She also has a strong record of service on government committees and numerous corporate, educational, non-profit and civic boards.

Otis L. Graham, Jr., Ph.D.
Otis L. Graham, Jr., Ph.D. Member

An historian of modern America, a Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a retired Visiting Scholar from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is the author or editor of 17 books and numerous articles on the history of the United States, especially on American reform movements, political economy, environment and immigration. He has been named a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Center for Advanced Study and Behavioral Sciences, and received the Robert Kelley Memorial Award from the National Council on Public History. He is a graduate of Yale University and earned a Ph.D. from Columbia University.

Michael S. Rivera
Michael S. Rivera Member

A fifth-generation  American, Mr. Rivera has a long-time commitment to addressing the impacts of legal and illegal immigration and has advocated the use of E-Verify by local municipalities and governments. He has served on numerous boards and commissions in Central California, including Santa Maria Recreation and Parks (commissioner and chairman of the board), County of Santa Barbara Private Industry Council (commissioner, chairman and CFO), City of Guadalupe (planning commissioner) and various committees, including the Mayors Housing Task Force.

Dick Schneider, M.S.
Dick Schneider, M.S. Member

Environmental activist, writer, and policy analyst who lectures on the role of population growth in degrading natural ecosystems and eroding the quality of life. With expertise in the effects of acid rain and metals pollution on high altitude lakes, he helped establish the first acid rain monitoring station on the western slope of the Rocky Mountains. A resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, he led passage of an Alameda County open space protection initiative in 2000 and currently advises citizens groups on local growth management policies. In 2012, he received the Excellence in Preservation Award from the Tri-Valley Conservancy, and in 2014, he received the Sierra Club Outstanding Achievement Award in Land Conservation. He co-authored Toxics A to Z: A Guide to Everyday Pollution Hazards (University of California Press). Dick received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of California at Berkeley.

CAPS Advisory Board  
  • Tim Aaronson, M.A., Retired Educator, El Cerrito, CA
  • Denice Spangler Adams, M.S., Community Activist, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Carolyn Pesnell Amory, Community Volunteer, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Herbert Barthels, Outdoorsman - Naturalist, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Allan F. Brown, Business Owner & Community Volunteer, Menlo Park, CA
  • Benny Chien, M.D., Physician, La Jolla, CA
  • Kim Fletcher, Business Executive, Solana Beach, CA
  • Dave Foreman, Environmentalist & Populationist, Albuquerque, NM
  • Robert W. Gillespie, President of Population Communication, Pasadena, CA
  • Helen Graham, Former CAPS Executive Director, Sacramento, CA
  • Victor Davis Hanson, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, Hoover Institute, Selma, CA
  • Leon Kolankiewicz, M.S., Environmental Scientist, Reston, VA
  • Richard D. Lamm, L.L.D., Former Governor of Colorado, Denver, CO
  • Frank Morris, Sr., Ph.D., Former Executive Director Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
  • Nancy Pearlman, Executive Director, Educational Communications, Los Angeles, CA
  • Karen Peus, Concerned Citizen, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Winifred W. Rhodes, Philanthropist, Corona del Mar, CA
  • Dario Sattui, MBA UC Berkeley, Wine Businessman, environment & population stabilization supporter, Napa, CA
  • George Sessions, Professor, Sierra College, Rocklin, CA
  • Jacob Sigg, Environmental Activist, San Francisco, CA
  • Michael Tobias, Ph.D., Ecologist and Filmmaker, Santa Monica, CA
  • John D. Weeden, Environmentalist, Populationist & Philanthropist, San Francisco, CA
  • Charles Westoff, Ph.D.,  Emeritus Professor of Demographic Studies & Sociology, Princeton, NJ
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